I am a Software Architect and Transformational Leader. I have over twenty years of experience designing and architecting software systems, and providing developer leadership and mentorship.
I bring together a unique blend of technical prowess, compassion, empathy, commitment to high quality, and leadership skills. I excel at helping Software Executives, Engineers and Developers to accelerate their productivity. I thrive on helping everyone I work with to maximize their skills and fulfill their potential, personally and professionally.
- Senior Software Architect for Trimble CMS
- Third decade in the software industry
- Former CTO for a boutique consulting firm
- Former SaaS CTO in the AgTech industry
- BS - Business Administration and Marketing
- MA - Transformational Leadership
- Host on Software Engineering Radio
- Published Author and Industry Thought Leader
Vision: A world where humans thrive by discovering, refining and acting on their unique value creation potential while helping others do the same.
Mission: To help make good software professionals great!
Strategy: Design Engineering Leadership (Training, Mentoring, Writing, Presenting, Model Building, Scientific Method)
Professional Bio ^ top
As a Master Architect with over 20 years of industry experience, Jeff Doolittle helps make good software professionals great! His passion, resolve and can-do attitude are contagious.
Jeff began his career in a successful software consulting firm serving companies of all sizes, from small businesses through Fortune 100 companies. He took on the role of CTO in just a few short years. Jeff’s experience as a consultant exposed him to a vast array of business problems for which he crafted valuable, customer-centric solutions. His next challenge came in his role as Co-founder and CTO of a SaaS startup where he provided strong business, architectural, system design and process leadership. Under Jeff’s guidance, his company pioneered cloud automation processes and event-driven systems long before these had become standard industry practice. Jeff currently works at Trimble in the Construction Management Solutions division as a Senior Software Architect.
In addition to architectural mastery, Jeff has completed a Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership, a discipline which focuses on the techniques of leadership replication. An inspiring teacher and leader, anyone who has had the opportunity to work with or be mentored by him will confirm that working with Jeff has made them better software engineers, architects and leaders.
Find out more about Jeff at jeffdoolittle.com.
Bio Pics ^ top
Resume ^ top
See my resume for an extensive description of my career.
Personal Bio ^ top
My family currently resides in the Portland, Oregon area.
I grew up in San Diego, California and graduated from Poway High School.
I have been playing guitar since I was 13, and it remains one of my passions and joys. I can also play piano and bass, and I’m learning to play the drums.
I met my bride, Amy, at Biola University where I received my BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing, and a minor in Biblical Studies.
Endorsements ^ top
Ryan Froese, Professor of Chemistry, College of the Sequoias
I highly recommend Jeff to any budding software professional
I met Jeff in the Fall of 2019 as I took my first steps into the world of software development. Jeff’s ways of explaining software design and architectural concepts are unique and effective. The principles he showed me would have taken years of trial and error to learn on my own. I’m thankful to have benefited from his guidance early in my journey.
I have been teaching for years as a professor of chemistry, so I know a good teacher when I encounter one. Jeff shows an affinity and ability to teach and mentor that many in my profession lack. I highly recommend Jeff to any budding software professional. Time under his tutelage will pay dividends in current and future projects. His lessons on the flow of a project and the software design process revealed many missteps I had overlooked. After many wasted hours rewriting code, I can gladly avoid such frustration going forward thanks to Jeff!
Jeremiah Baird, CPO, GigRonin
I highly recommend Jeff to anyone wanting to grow personally and professionally
I had the great pleasure of meeting Jeff over a decade ago. I was instantly impressed with his grasp of software development and architectural/design concepts. He has a true passion that is felt immediately, and he became my “Go To” for large projects, complicated concepts, and cutting edge solutions.
Having been in IT for 25 years and 16 of those years in software development, when I found an opportunity to have Jeff as a mentor I jumped at the chance. I wanted to benefit from his strong leadership skills, passion, and personal drive for constant learning and improvement. Jeff has shared great insights, concepts and has given me the push I needed to not only continue my professional development but my personal growth as well.
I highly recommend Jeff to anyone that wants to be challenged and to grow professionally & personally, Jeff genuinely cares and wants to share and develop together and to help you achieve your goals. I will always be grateful for Jeff’s time, friendship, & guidance and I believe others will feel the same. I highly recommend Jeff to anyone wanting to grow personally and professionally.
Greg Fiske, Senior Software Engineer, CleanSpark, LLC
Jeff has Courage, Passion, Knowledge, and a Servant Heart
Jeff has the exceptional ability to quickly and elegantly express ideas in clean, working code. He has experience in doing that in every aspect of a software project - server, mobile, web, “cloud,” whatever. He has courage to “dive in” and embrace new challenges. Combined with a passion for sharing his knowledge, an eagerness to engage with others, and a servant heart, he is a software engineering leader.
David Chilcott, Founder & President, Outformations
TWO BIG THUMBS UP!
I’ve worked with a lot of software architects and developers over the years and I have to say that Jeff is one of the best. His passion, creativity and craftsmanship make him a delight to work with. He is smart, personable and has great communication skills. He embodies Agile values, particularly Communication, Courage, and Respect. If you have an opportunity to collaborate with him, don’t pass it up! TWO BIG THUMBS UP!
Ward Bell, President, IdeaBlade
Jeff Gets Things Done
Jeff is a top-notch professional who knows his stuff, cares about his customers, and gets things done. I always recommend Jeff enthusiastically and always sleep well when Jeff is on the case.
Portfolio ^ top
MRP System with ERP Integration for a National Premium Juice producer
Complete Supply-Chain Forecasting, Planning and Traceability
Worked with a team to build a customized materials resource planning system using VB, MS Access and MS SQL to meet the specific and specialized needs of the company. The system tracked and traced product through the entire lifecycle from purchasing procurement, raw material and packaging in-transit, receiving, inventory, production staging, production, post production, finished goods, order fulfillment, and outbound shipping. The system included a powerful forecasting module which, given a specified expected product demand, would generate a full bill of materials for all necessary production inputs. The forecasting module would determine what on-hand product was available to fulfill the forecast, as well as what product would need to be purchased, including the necessary lead times for receiving the raw materials. This allowed for just-in-time production planning, reducing the cost of carrying an excessive raw materials inventory.
Additionally, a C# .Net windows mobile application was created for raw material receiving, inventory management, finished goods management, and order fulfillment. This application removed the need for paper, significantly reduced order fulfillment errors, and greatly improved data collection efficiency and accuracy. The near-real time nature of the application allowed business decisions to be made in a more nimble fashion, and eradicated the need for data entry from a paper source, minimizing errors and increasing efficiency.
Product Quality Tracking System for a major producer of fruit cups
Quality Data Collection Efficiency and Accuracy
Designed a customized product quality reporting application. The system was designed to track dozens of key quality metrics, measured at multiple intervals throughout the production cycle. Quality metrics were used to inform various business decisions related to product safety, specification conformity, and fitness regarding customer requirements. Integrated with Mettler Toledo scales for verifying product weight tolerances in an automated fashion.
Charter Bus Company System Migration
Scheduling Accuracy and Communication Clarity
Migrated a legacy VB6 application to C# .Net for charter bus logistics. This application is the primary tool of business operations for this client so success was mission critical. Major features included ordering, CRM, billing, accounts receivable, dispatch management, and driver payroll. Additionally, created a WPF large-font dispatch dashboard, similar to arrival/departure screens seen in airports. This application auto-provisioned multiple scheduled days across a dynamic number of connected large screen monitors. The application greatly improved schedule visibility and collaboration, removed the need to manually write on a blackboard, reduced errors, and allowed schedule modifications directly in the application without the need to erase and rewrite.
Diversified Farming Operation Systems
Diverse Solutions for a Diversified Operation
Created multiple applications for a $100M revenue diversified farming operation. Built a budgeting system for planning resource allocations across all aspects of the farming operation, including expected labor allocations, water allocations, plantings, equipment usage, and land related expenses. Most agricultural budgeting systems are built for smaller operations that budget per cost center (field). This system was designed to allow for budgeting by groups of cost centers, allowing for budgeting and allocations at a higher level. This approach increased efficiency of creating budgets, including various trial budgets for comparison. It also alleviated the previous requirement for accountants to budget at an excessively granular level, or perform their budgeting in a disconnected system such as Excel. Also built a farm labor tracking system which provided a shared interface for Labor Contractors and the company for payroll calculations and reporting.
Fresh Produce Inspections SaaS System
Inspection Data Straight to the Hands of Critical Decision Makers
Built the best-in-class, de facto cloud-hosted web and mobile application for Fresh Produce inspections. The system enabled produce companies to customize their inspection protocols according to the demands of their various critical control points such as receiving, packing, cold storage and shipping. The real-time nature of the quality data collection enabled users to make more accurate and efficient decisions regarding production scheduling, and product-customer fit.
Agricultural Harvest Scheduling SaaS System
Efficiency, Accuracy and Clarity
Built a cloud hosted web and mobile collaboration application for agricultural harvest scheduling. The application replaced Excel spreadsheets, emails and text messages previously in use for managing harvest scheduling and logistics. The application improved communication accuracy and efficiency between the different participants in the harvest process, and enabled improved production planning based on more accurate harvest forecast information coming from the field.
Agricultural Labor Management SaaS System
Compliance and Fraud Prevention
Built a cloud hosted web and mobile data collection and compliance application for agricultural labor. The application ensured full chain of custody for all labor and production related data, minimizing errors and greatly reducing the ability to game the system or commit payroll and employment fraud. The system also contained a powerful compliance engine for ensuring compliance with regulatory requirements, while still allowing for innovative compensation strategies such as pay-per-piece.
Real-time On Demand Staffing SaaS System
Building the Gig-economy Platform
Advised a gig-economy staffing company on architecting their cloud hosted web and mobile staffing system. Mentored senior management regarding System Design, Project Design, Process Design and Team Leadership together with industry leaders from IDesign.